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Mijacogeo 

Micky, Mike and Davy find that Peter and all their neighbors have been hypnotized by their Television sets. The Evil Wizard Glick is using an alien Frodis to control people's minds through ... See full summary »

Director:

Micky Dolenz

Writers:

Micky Dolenz (teleplay), Dave Evans (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Davy Jones ... Davy (as David Jones)
Micky Dolenz ... Micky
Michael Nesmith ... Mike
Peter Tork ... Peter
Rip Taylor ... Glick
Tony Giorgio ... Otto
Bob Michaels ... Cop
Richard Klein Richard Klein ... Henchman (as Rick Klein)
Nyles Brown Nyles Brown ... Neighbor
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Micky, Mike and Davy find that Peter and all their neighbors have been hypnotized by their Television sets. The Evil Wizard Glick is using an alien Frodis to control people's minds through his machines (such as the Freeble Energizer) and plans to take over the world. Worst of all, The Monkees are prohibited by law to change into their Monkeemen alter ego's and even the chant Micky learned from a cereal box-top backfires on them. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Comedy | Music

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English

Release Date:

25 March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The first piece of music heard in this episode is a snippet of "Good Morning, Good Morning" from the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Beatles were such fans of the show that when they learned the Monkees wished to use this track, they graciously licensed it free of charge, with no royalties owed. This was the only time the Beatles allowed any of their recordings to be used in a film or TV show royalty-free. This was also the first time a licensed Beatles song was heard on a Prime Time television program. See more »

Quotes

Peter: This is incredible. I feel as if I though I were being compelled to move by a chant from the transcendental meditations of an Indian Mystic.
Micky: [disembodied voice] No Peter, it's a chant I got with a cereal box-top.
Peter: Oh.
Micky: [cut to Micky and Mike in Eastern garb] Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo, it's working, it's working...
Mike: How do you know, how do you know?
Micky: I saw the last scene... I saw the last scene...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Zor and Zam
Written by John & Bill Chadwick
Performed by The Monkees
Produced by The Monkees
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Written and directed by Micky Dolenz
2 February 2014 | by chongajulySee all my reviews

Broadcast no. 58 (Mar 25 1968), "Mijacogeo" turned out to be the series' final telecast, and the directorial debut of Micky Dolenz, who also co-wrote both story and script. Micky's zestful direction differs little from previous efforts, but the rambling script occasionally makes this a chore to watch, some obvious potshots at media manipulation (the name 'Mijacogeo,' an anagram combining names of Dolenz family members, actually belonged to Micky's pet dog). Rip Taylor, previously seen in "Monkees on the Wheel," hams it up as Evil Wizard Glick, diabolical mastermind using an alien plant called a 'Frodis' (a not-so-veiled reference to pot) to ensnare TV viewers into a trance, another attempt to rule the world (they have their hands full trying to rule the LA TV station). There's a two-headed org that fares poorly against the Monkeemen, which only goes to prove that two heads are better than none. In a nice nod to The Beatles (who kindly gave Micky permission!), the group awaken to the sounds of "Good Morning Good Morning" (from SGT. PEPPER), while the actual Monkees song is "Zor and Zam," produced Jan 7 by Micky Dolenz himself (contributing musically only on percussion) but credited to 'The Monkees,' composed by Bill Chadwick and John Chadwick for a proposed TV series that never got off the ground. A witty and powerful anti-war message, this version is completely different from the one issued Apr 22 as the last track on THE BIRDS THE BEES AND THE MONKEES, a bit slower and lacking the heavy brass orchestration (unreleased at the time, now available on MISSING LINKS 3, issued in 1996). What's most interesting is that the very last performance on the very last episode is not a Monkees song but that of Tim Buckley, movingly performing his own "Song to the Siren," which would not be recorded until 1970, done solo on acoustic guitar (sadly, Tim died of a heroin overdose at age 28 in 1975). Micky Dolenz found great success behind the camera in England, where he didn't carry as much Monkees baggage as he did back in Hollywood, where his opportunities haven't been so numerous; this initial effort deserves praise for its experimental style, a radical departure even for this series, especially the zooming/dissolving imagery surrounding Tim Buckley. "Mijacogeo" was 55th in production, filmed Nov 27-30 1967, next up- "Monkees Mind Their Manor," where Peter Tork tried his hand at directing.


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